Gooooood Morning! Hope y’all are doing well! Its been busy this week but in a good way! The week sped by fast, and that’s probably because we were actually busy this week! Lots of service opportunities, got to meet with a few of our friends, and did some spring cleaning!This transfer has gone by so fast and it’s weird to think of the fact that we only have two weeks left! Then my training will be over! We have a lot of guesses on what’s going to happen this transfer. My companion has been in this area for 6 months so we think she’s heading out, and she thinks I will be training. We’ll see what happens though! 😀
We also made everyone in our district matching ties and scrunchies!!! They are super cute! The Elders loved them more than we thought they would, and we’re so happy they loved them! It was a lot of work as you could imagine. (I have pictures below)
We’ve been putting a lot of focus in our mission to prepare to receive an apostle. There’s nothing lined up or anything like that, but we’ve been asked what we should do to receive an apostle. It’s made me think a lot about what we can do in preparation to receive Jesus Christ when He comes again. What would you do differently if you knew He was coming in a week? What would you change? What would you improve? How would you live? What things would you continue to do?
The biggest thing that’s come to mind for me personally, is studying Christ’s Earthly ministry and Christlike attributes. This applies to both preparing to receive an apostle and Jesus Christ. Apostles are special witnesses of Jesus Christ and I feel like I could improve myself more to follow the Savior’s example. I’ve needed to ponder these questions as I live a specific way on my mission. I have scheduled time to study, journal, share the gospel, and strengthen my testimony every day. I want to make sure I’m taking that home with me. I’ve grown so much these last few months and I want it to mean everything to me. I don’t want to let go of what I learn. I want to live what I’ve learned every day.
Asking myself what I could be doing differently has helped me reflect on what I’ve already learned and how I can continue to apply that to my life every day. Sometimes I have hiccups and I still have much to learn and much to practice, but it’s a desire to improve that I believe is important. A true desire to make changes in my life to more fully align my will with God’s.
I know that as I do this, I can receive help to improve and that I am not alone, just as I know you are not alone. I know Heavenly Father loves each of His children for who they are, and desires only the best for each of us. He wants us to be happy and He knows how we can get there individually. If we reach out to Him, He will help us.
That’s all for this week, and I’d love to hear from you guys! What are your thoughts?
This week my companion and I had an amazing opportunity to meet with one of the members of our branch to make cookies and get to know her! She told us her amazing conversion story and told us about her love for cooking. She is a two star chef, and both times she earned a star, she had made a dish that she couldn’t eat due to allergies! She told us she actually went to the emergency room and explained the situation to the paramedics so she could try her dish! 😆😯
It was amazing meeting with her and Sister Harris and I wish she had a book about her conversion story and her life leading up to now in general. She’s truly amazing! She sent us home with dinner (yum!) and some of the cookies she helped us make! They were SO GOOD!!! 😋
Sorry I don’t have much this week, but I hope you all are doing well! As always, I’d love to hear from you!
Sister (Katie) Malan